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Dietitian Invited to House of Lords

 Lorde Balfe (pictured centre holding the banner) Rachael is pictured on the right next to Lord Balfe

University of Chester graduate Rachael Robinson was invited to a prestigious event at the House of Lords celebrating excellence in dietetics. The event was held in the Cholmondeley Room and on the House of Lords Terrace on Tuesday 9th June 2015.

Rachael’s visit to Westminster co-incided with Dietitians’ Week which took place from 8th-12th June. This event provided the opportunity to highlight the work and value that UK based dietitians deliver.

Lord Balfe, new Honorary President of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) hosted the special event, featuring inspirational speeches and showcases of BDA specialist Dietetic groups such as obesity, renal nutrition, diabetes, neurosciences and many more. The event was well attended with over 100 Dietitians and provided a great opportunity to share best practice.

Rachael was invited by Lord Balfe in recognition of her voluntary work with the North West England and North Wales BDA branch, which organises and delivers CPD study days for dietitians, dietetic assistants and students across the region. Lord Balfe addressed the audience explaining that his role will be to “project the image of the BDA and raise its profile nationally and politically.” The River Thames provided an impressive backdrop for networking and afternoon tea and Rachael recollects ‘the day was a huge success and very enjoyable.’

Rachael became Secretary of the branch in 2010, as an undergraduate. “Working on the BDA committee team involves a significant amount of time as a volunteer and often involves attending committee meetings in the evenings after a busy day at work. There is great satisfaction working in the team and I would strongly recommend dietetic students attend the study days for CPD.” Rachael has been able to draw on skills gained as an undergraduate such as Committee Skills training and her experience as Student Rep on the Faculty Board of Studies.

After graduating from the University of Chester in 2012 Rachael is now working within Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Rachael is part of the Diabetes MDT and teaches Type 1 Intensive Diabetes Education (T1IDE) and works with acute patients on medical and rehab wards as well as out patient clinics for cardiac rehab, diabetes and weight management. Rachael concluded, “It was a special day and an honour to represent the profession that I am proud to be part of.”